Today, I am the mood of sharing my favorite Being, Lord Shiva in Vedic puranas (histories) as told by my Guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji) in March 2010 on the auspicious day of Shivaratri.
Shiva, the very word means eternal auspiciousness, auspiciousness without reason or cause. When something exists without cause or reason, it’s eternal. Even if you look at the extraordinary qualities of Mahadeva, when he sits in silence as Dakshinmurthy, he puts people into enlightenment, under the banyan tree. When he dances, he puts people into bliss as Nataraja – the Cosmic Dancer! When he destroys, he destroys all negativity as Kalabhairava. When he decides to show compassion, he can take any poison and swallow it with no limit. When he decides to destroy, he will destroy even death, Yama. When he decides to save, he will go to any extent to save others, how he swallowed the poison to save the world, risking even his own body.
The grandeur with which he expresses the experience, he showers on people who even remember him, Sadashiva, the ultimate Guru, ultimate Yogi, ultimate King, Ishwara, ultimate Leader, ultimate Bliss, ultimate compassion, ultimate life. With all these qualities, he is not too far away, very easy to approach, easily pleased. Nothing much is required to please him. That is why he’s called Bole Baba (easily pleased).
Shivaratri is the celebration of Lord Shiva appearing as an eternal light shaft as Arunachala, to give the opportunity to Brahma (Lord of creation) and Vishnu (Lord of Maintenance), to find the head and feet of Mahadeva. Shivaratri is the day when intense cosmic energy radiates.